Election Preview: Charlie Guthrie (D, Northern District Saline County Commissioner)
Charlie Guthrie, candidate for Northern District Saline County Commissioner, was born and raised on a farm near Slater.
He helped his father, Ray Guthrie, and grandfather, Frank Huston, operate the farm and graduated from Orearville and Slater school districts.
He and his wife, Brenda, have one son, one daughter and three grandchildren.
Guthrie retired from the U.S. Navy. He served for 20 years during the Cold War, has served in the Navy Reserves and he remains an active advocate for veterans.
He has organized many ceremonies and events to honor veterans.
He is on the Show Me Honor Flight Board of Directors and coordinates the local Walk of Honor brick project, which honors veterans' memories and raises money for Honor Flight trips to Washington, D.C.
He is a member of Slater American Legion Post No. 78, 40 & 8 Voiture 333, United States Navy Cruiser Association, U.S.S. Missouri BB-63 Battleship Sailors Association, Slater Chamber of Commerce and Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
He has served a number of roles in the American Legion, including adjutant, service officer, finance officer, county commander and chaplain.
He was once chosen as Patriot of the Month by the Missouri State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Marshall chapter.
He was selected Sailor of the Month while stationed on the U.S.S. Little Rock CLG-4 Flagship, Sixth Fleet.
He has served in a number of public offices in the past, including Saline County Commission, Slater Board of Education, Slater Cemetery Board, Slater Industrial Board, Slater Planning and Zoning Commission, and as mayor and mayor pro tem of Slater.
Guthrie said the duties of the county commissioners are to develop a balanced budget, maintain the courthouse and other county buildings, oversee the maintenance of the county's 400 miles of roads and bridges, work with the special road districts in the county "and make Saline County a great place to work and raise a family."
Guthrie noted his 40 years of experience in community service and business qualifies him for the position.
"Having served in city and county government and also having served as a leading petty officer in the Navy, I have developed strong organizational and management skills," he said. "As a former small business owner in Slater, I understand the needs and concerns of small business owners."
The main problems facing the county are typically a lack of adequate funds to provide for the needs of the county, he said.
"With fairness, honesty and integrity, we can continue to have a county government to be proud of," he said.
He said if he is elected he will be available to all citizens at all times.
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